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Case Reports in Anesthesiology
Volume 2013, Article ID 524348, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/524348
Case Report

Iatrogenic Left Main Bronchus Injury following Atraumatic Double Lumen Endotracheal Tube Placement

Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

Received 4 September 2013; Accepted 27 September 2013

Academic Editors: N. Bhardwaj and C.-H. Hsing

Copyright © 2013 William R. Hartman et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Tracheobronchial disruption is an uncommon but severe complication of double lumen endotracheal tube placement. The physical properties of a double lumen tube (large external diameter and length) make tracheobronchial injury more common than that associated with smaller single lumen endotracheal tubes. Here we present the case of an iatrogenic left main bronchus injury caused by placement of a double lumen tube in an otherwise unremarkable airway.